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How to Grow and Care for a Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphi)

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Sedum adolphi, commonly known as Golden Sedum, is an incredibly versatile rangy color accent in succulent landscapes, borders and along pathways or for spilling forth out of planters. Star-shaped, white flowers add winsome contrast to the greenish-yellow leaf color, which sparkles golden orange in strong light. It is a bushy plant in bright light. In shade, stems tend to trail. White flowers are borne on leafy stalks at the stem tips.

This lovely high colored tender succulent is a fine groundcover in frost free areas. Goled Sedum is most often grown as a houseplant or an attractive outdoor container plant where it can be protected during the winter. It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11.

The late Henk 't Hart and Bert Bleij wrote the Sedum section in the lexicon "Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae" and noted Sedum nussbaumerianum to be very similar if not identical to S. adolphi. Robert Clausen in "Sedum of North America North of the Mexican Plateau" treated them as separate species in his book based on small differences in the inflorescences (S. nussbaumerianum has flowers all in the same plane, while S. adolphi has petals at different levels in cymes). However the facts indicate that S. nussbaurianum should be regarded as a synonym of S. adolphi. The two plants have the same chromosome count, they came from plants grown from the same source (seeds gathered by Carl Purpus in 1907) and both have corymbiform inflorescences. With priority of 12 years, Sedum adolphi is the valid name.

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Growing Conditions and General Care

Choose a location with full sun to filtered shade. Golden Sedums is an ideal plant for rock gardens because it spreads quickly with a trailing, low form. At maturity, it stand up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and spread up to 2 feet (60 cm). Golden Sedum can also be used in mixed container gardens or even on walls or terraces.

This succulent tolerates most soils but thrive in light, slightly sandy, well-draining soils. In soggy, water-logged soils, the roots rot and the plants suffer disease and pest problems. Plant Golden Sedum 2 feet (60 cm) apart. Combine this plant with other succulents or low-growing, drought-tolerant groundcovers.

Golden Sedum is drought tolerant once it establish a deep root system. The best way to water this plant is to use "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Fertilize annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Trim back with a string trimmer to remove flowers if the plant starts to look untidy. Divide Golden Sedum every 4 years to encourage new growth.

Propagation

There are 3 ways to effectively propagate Golden Sedum: from seed, leaf cuttings and stem cuttings.

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